Accession Number : ADA313448
Title : Comparative Design Analysis of a Fuel Cell Powered Coast Guard Cutter.
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Personal Author(s) : Comar, John F.
PDF Url : ADA313448
Report Date : JUN 1996
Pagination or Media Count : 205
Abstract : This investigation studied the impact of using fuel cells as the primary power source in a ship design. Three different fuel cells were modeled: Phosphoric Acid, Proton Exchange Membrane, and Molten Carbonate. These models were compared against a baseline design containing a more conventional powerplant. The models were built and optimized using the 'Advanced Surface Ship Evaluation Tool' (ASSET/MONOSC). Specifically, payload, endurance, sustained speed, and hull depth were held constant, while length, beam, and draft were optimized to provide a balanced design. Full load displacement and required fuel load were compared against the baseline values. Conclusions concerning the potential value of a fuel cell powerplant were drawn.
Descriptors : *FUEL CELLS, *MARINE PROPULSION, VELOCITY, DIESEL ENGINES, DISPLACEMENT, SHIP SIGNATURES, MELTS, PROTONS, GAS TURBINES, ENDURANCE(GENERAL), BASE LINES, POWER SUPPLIES, MEMBRANES, VALUE, NAVAL ARCHITECTURE, EXCHANGE, PHOSPHORIC ACIDS, CUTTERS, CARBONATES, COAST GUARD SHIPS, PRISONERS OF WAR.
Subject Categories : Electrochemical Energy Storage
Electric and Ion Propulsion
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE